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Fear and Prayer

When I started working as a parish nurse, visiting people in their homes, at the hospital or rehab, I would typically end our visit with prayer. I was always at bit nervous about this. Will I say the right thing? Will it sounds stupid or will I ask for the wrong thing? Will it make […]



Our Lutheran Identity and the Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis to the Cathedral door in Wittenburg, Germany. 500 years later, we celebrate this immense and bold act to reform the Church and grow together in our relationship with God and with each other. Some of you may be familiar with the history of the Lutheran […]


A Good and Godly Spirit

I believe there is a good and Godly Spirit present here. I feel it on Sunday morning when people greet one another with warm embraces and wide smiles. I hear it in the laughter of our children as they slide out of their pews during worship for kid’s time. I see it on days like […]


Faith and Daily Life

Happy New School Year! The other day I was thinking to myself that I should set some New Year’s Resolutions for my upcoming school year and then I both laughed at myself at the thought of that and was also flabbergasted that it’s time to start thinking about going back to school again. We claim […]


I’m the Martha

Several weeks ago, we heard the story of Martha and Mary, where Martha invites Jesus to dine in her home and while she’s busy cooking and cleaning, her sister, Mary, sits and listens to Jesus; He tells Martha that Mary is doing the better thing. (Luke 10:38-42). I’m the Martha. I’ve known this since the […]


Detours

This word has penetrated our lives this summer with great frequency. Most of us think of road construction when seeing this word. The word DETOURS took on new meaning when I was blessed to travel in northern Germany and Scandinavia this summer. Every evening I would read the details of the places we were planning […]


Reading the Bible, Asking Questions and Growing in Faith

When I graduated from seminary I still didn’t know a significant amount about the bible. I had been taught to read with a critical eye, to ask questions, how to use Greek and Hebrew and write my own translations of the biblical text, but if you were to ask me about peopleinthebibleorevencertainstoriesIwasprettyclueless. Infactitwas almost ridiculous […]


Serve and Obey

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth… What is this? Or What does this mean?” Hopefully these words are somewhat familiar. The first half of the phrase is the first article of the Apostles’ Creed. The second half is Martin Luther’s question for each part of his confession (explanation) of […]